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Jury selection begins for trial of Turkish bank executive

November 27, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection is under way at the trial of a top executive for a state-run bank in Turkey accused of conspiring to help Iran evade economic sanctions.

Halkbank Deputy CEO Mehmet Hakan Atilla has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired with international gold trader Reza Zarrab.

It's unknown what role Zarrab could play in the trial. At the start of jury selection Monday, a judge told prospective jurors that Atilla is the only defendant.

Turkey's deputy prime minister has said Zarrab is a "hostage" being forced to testify against Turkey's government. Manhattan federal court Judge Richard Berman has said Turkey's government can provide evidence to help the men instead of lobbying criticisms.

Turkey's president has repeatedly asked the U.S. to release Zarrab.



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